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Month: January 2017

Anxiety Attacks – Privacy vs. Safety

“Can I answer my phone? It’s my mom,” a high school student once asked me when I was substitute teaching. We were in the middle of a lesson; I said no. A few minutes later, she got up and left the classroom without a word. My automatic initial reaction was to reassert my authority by calling her back and disciplining her, but I noticed she looked more anxious than defiant, so I decided if it was that important to her then I’d be “the good guy” and allow her to leave, presumably to call her mother back. I continued...

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Seasonal Blues and Seasonal Depression: Now’s the Time to Take Action

This time of year, with gray skies clouding our days and temperatures keeping us indoors (in many places), it is not surprising that many report feeling blue. In fact, depression with a seasonal pattern has long been recognized as affecting many during the winter months. This pattern had for many years been known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but now is considered, for diagnostic purposes, to be a variant of major depressive disorder, known as depression with a seasonal pattern. While estimates of incidence is 6%-9.6% in the general population, many more individuals are affected by subclinical levels, or seasonal...

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What You Need to Know About Antipsychotic Medications

If you or a loved one is about to start taking new medication, it is always important to understand what the drugs are being used for and how they can help, what the different types available are, how long they should be taken, and what side effects could be an issue. This is particularly true of antipsychotic medication, no matter the age of the patient. Read on for the lowdown on what you need to know about these types of drugs today. What Are Antipsychotic Medications and How Can They Help? Antipsychotic drugs are a group of medications that...

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How a Mental Health Diagnosis Can Give Teens Hope

If your teen has been experiencing difficulty with feelings, having a hard time at school, not getting along with peers, and not able to think clearly, this likely feels very confusing for them. He may feel that “something is wrong” with him or that he’s “not like his peers”. And if you as parents or other family members are not sure what to look for regarding a mental health concern, then you might be thinking that your teen’s struggles are simply a part of adolescence. You might brush off what your teen is going through as a “life stage”...

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Comfort and Joy: An Alternative Guide To Surviving the Holiday Season

It’s the holiday season. While this time of year should be a time of joy and fellowship with family, for many, it’s a time of anxiety, stress, depression, and even ptsd. For those of you who fall into the latter category, fret not. I have a holiday gift for you. Yes you, the fine individual reading this piece. Ready for it? My gift to you fine reader is this fundamental truth: You are under no obligation to spend your time with people who don’t respect you, are problematic, abusive, or even toxic. As I’m fond of informing others when...

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